The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's office confirmed this week that human remains found alongside I-90 have been identified as Christina Adkins.
The subject of much FBI work in recent months, Adkins has been missing for 18 years.
The family released a statement last night:
"While we are saddened to have lost Christina, we are thankful to have finally found her. Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to find her, especially the Task Force, F-B-I, Cleveland Police, and the many family members, friends and neighbors who walked these streets searching for information and hanging up her posters. Christina was a sweet, kind and loving angel who was never forgotten in the 18 years she was missing. Now we hope and pray for justice to be served. We ask that everyone please respect our privacy as we mourn the loss of our beloved Christina."